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Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
government has taken a firm decision to release mr. mandela. >> reporter: finally after 27 years in prison at age 71 he was free. in the years following his release mandela went on to win a nobel peace prize and was elected south africa's first black president. [ cheering and applause ] >> reporter: served as president until 1999 when he announcement his retirement. >> don't call me. i'll call you. >> reporter: despite health problems his retirement years were busy as he worked on behalf of charities and campaigned tirelessly to bring the world cup soccer tournament to his beloved nation. in the summer of 2010 mandela saw that dream realized. his life was a series of battles, but in an interview on his 90th birthday he said he'd do it all again. >> i don't regret it because the things that affected me were things that pleased my soul. >> reporter: i'm renee marsh reporting. >> now, of course, whenever something like this happens, tributes pour in from around the world and, of course, the death of nelson mandela is no different, a lot of folks with a lot to say tonight. >> absolutely
Dec 6, 2013 6:00pm EST
tuesday a memorial service and thenman's body will lie instate -- and then mandela's body will lie instate for three days. he'll be buried in his own country december 15th. president obama has ordered the flag to be lowered to half staff through monday. he and mrs. obama plan to travel to the service and there will be a memorial at the national cathedral wednesday morning at 11:00. >>> i'm bruce leshan at the south africa embassy in d.c. where they have just announced plans for american commemoration of nelson mandela's life. there are books of condolences inside. there will be prayer vigils outside here between 7:00 and 8:00 every night until tuesday. then on wednesday there will be a service at the washington national cathedral. in south africa rain is a sign and in washington in ones and twos and sometimes more people braved the rain to leave a flower, say a prayer, take a picture in memory of the towering figure of nelson mandela. >> such an amazing model of what a human being can be. >> reporter: this embassy was once a battle ground in the fight against apartheid, the racial
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